Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Egg Under Easy

Back in May, during Carol Marine's workshop, I photographed most of her still life set-ups.  Last week on my lunch hour, I decided to paint her still life set up featuring a raw egg from my photograph (with her permission).  I have to say that I would have preferred to do this from life because I struggled a bit with getting the colors accurate, particularly the egg "white".  However, this was on my lunch hour, so a photograph was what I had, and a raw egg isn't really something I could set up on my lunch hour!

Here is my photograph of her set up:

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

SOLD - Blood Red

I experimented with several things in this painting.  (1) I used a dark background which is a bit out of the ordinary for me, and (2) I used a new medium by Gamblin called Neo Megilp.  The Neo Megilp gives an incredible shiny finish to the paintings that I am very happy with.  I wasn't quite sure what to name this one, so Blood Red it is!

Also, I have struggled and struggled with getting good photos of my paintings, and I've resorted to scanning them after they have dried until I find another solution.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Punta della Dogana (after Maggie Siner) - NOT FOR SALE

I love architecture.  Even more, I love the way Maggie Siner paints the beautiful architecture in Venice and France.  I used Maggie's painting of Punta Della Dogana to guide me for painting semi-abstract architectural structures. I am very happy with the result, and intend to hang this one on my wall and use as a guide for future paintings.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Dropped Something -- SOLD

I had a bouquet of flowers from Trader Joe's that was on it's way out, so it was time for another floral!  This began as many more flowers but I simplified it to one flower.  I also experimented with a new color today: Permanent Magenta which was a lot of fun.  With such a bright color, and small 6x6 board, I think simplification was a good idea.  The yellow in the background is a big stronger than shows in the photo.  I will keep trying to get the photo just right so it is more accurately represented.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Handbags and Tea - SOLD

I've never painted an interior scene before, so this was an adventure: drapery, table, chairs, proportions ... yikes!

Why Handbags and Tea?  In Amsterdam, there is a charming little Museum of Bags & Purses.  After seeing 500 years of ladies' handbags, one can visit the charming little tearoom.  It was one of my favorite museums!

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Around and Down -- SOLD

I had fun painting this painting.  In the beginning, the bottle was a different shaped wine bottle -- the kind that looks more like a Pellegrino bottle or Perrier.  It was really causing problems getting the top shape just right, but I was torn -- I really liked the label on that bottle!  When it came time to paint the top shape of the wine bottle, I switched that bottle for one with a more traditional shape.  Problem solved!

The rose is a silk rose, but I wanted a little more in the painting than the  bottle and the rose, so I took some scissors and cut out a petal.

I was pretty happy with this one though.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Pork Rose

It's been a few weeks since I've posted, and though I was feeling rusty, I painted my first rose and am pretty happy with it.  I thought the rose was going to be more problematic than the pig.  Boy was I surprised!  I had a few titles in mind:  "Pig N Rose", "Rosy Pig", but I am happy with Pork Rose.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Southern Rooster -- SOLD

I guess I'm on a rooster kick.  I love the colors in their feathers.  I had a lot of fun painting him.
He had so many colors in his beautiful feathers.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Wrong Room Buddy -- SOLD

There are times when painting can be so easy and a painting simply paints itself.  I know that all artists (writers, painters, sculptors, etc.) all feel this way.

This was not one of those times.  Originally there were three corkscrews, but the bottom corkscrew kept reminding me of a dead grasshopper on its side.  Don't ask me why.  I have no idea.  Then I thought about toenail clippers or a potato peeler - none of which worked with the composition.

I decided to go with the spoon who looked as though he just slinked into the wrong room.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Volendam Rooster - SOLD

I recently went to Amsterdam and there were these gorgeous chickens and roosters walking around town, so my friend and I took photos of them.  Today on my lunch hour, I needed to paint, so I painted this proud guy.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Two Against Two - SOLD

Squared Off, Two Against Two, The Pow Wow ... I had a few titles in mind for this painting, but saw a little aggression and movement coming from the apple slice on the right, so I went with Two Against Two.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Pitcher Nudge - SOLD

Yesterday, I bought different size boards today:  5x7 since there is a new Utrecht Art Supply store 2 blocks from my home!! Whoo hoo!  I was so delighted to discover this!  I like the new board size, too.
This is from a reference photo provided by WetCanvas member user "SweetBabyJ".  Thank you SweetBabyJ!  I changed the front apple to a red one (from one of those yellow / red multi-colored apples) because it just wasn't working for me.

Two apples are nudging the pitcher towards the scary dark space behind.  I don't think he's going for it.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

SOLD - Stolen Daisies

I have not abandoned thee!  I have returned from Amsterdam, and getting back into the groove of my LA painting life.  Stolen Daisies is simply that:  two daisies growing wild down the street that I stole.  There.  I said it.  I admit it.  Arrest me.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Paying Respects - SOLD

I am alive!  I had a nasty cold last week that left me with just enough energy to get to work and that was about it!  It is interesting how when I don't paint for a while, I start to question whether or not I will still be able to paint!  These little cherries are paying their respects to the Power of the Purple.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Swim Charlie Swim! - SOLD

Has anyone out there seen JAWS as many times as I have?  When I set up this little still life, a scene from JAWS popped in my head.  Two guys are trying to catch the shark for the reward and one of them gets pulled into the water with a piece of the pier.  When he starts swimming back to the pier, the guy in the "safety zone" sees the ominous fin behind him and yells "Swim, Charlie, Swim!"  That's what I thought of when I positioned the one cherry so that the "pier" (or boat) is just a knuckle away from safety.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Barbershop Forkette -- SOLD

I was still having fun with forks yesterday, and found four very different types of forks in my silverware drawer. This painting is one of the ones that I have liked the most.  I like the composition and the highlights in blue.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

My Fifth Day at Carol Marine's Workshop

This day was business business business!  I don't have a painting for this day, but  here is a photo of all the paintings that Carol painted for the week.  Drool ... 

We covered everything from how to photograph our wet paintings, getting started with your blog (at least I have a head start there), selling tools, a few things about Photoshop, and more!

I enjoyed this workshop immensely and learned so incredibly much!  Carol is extremely organized and is an excellent teacher.  I loved every minute of it, and it was so sad to say goodbye to my 17 new friends, but I am certain that we will see each other again!

My Fourth Day at Carol Marine's Workshop

I had a ceramic bell, so that's what I went for.

Here are the paintings that I worked on.  I had a hard time with the bell initially, but worked on it again and was finally happy with the bell.  The problems were a couple of things.  First, I had bought some Galkyd to use as a medium which dries incredibly fast.  Not a good idea in the dry Sedona climate, and not a good idea when paintings need to be adjusted.  So I had to start over on a whole new panel!  Second, my drawing was way off.  

The second time around, I got the drawing of the bell right.  Carol had spoken about the ellipse.  She continued her drawing right off the panel, and this really helped with my 2nd bell.  Frustration wasn't the word because I was almost in tears with frustration with that bell!  

The bell painting isn't isn't finished, but I will finish it.  I also photographed my set-up.

Carol's set-up

Beginning of Carol's demo
Carol painted such a lovely demo when demonstrating the glass! In my previous post, I included a picture of the painting that Carol did after the workshop that wasn't a "demo" per se since the entire class was not there, so the morning of the 4th day at the workshop, her demo was glass. 

What I loved about the demo was the restraint used.  Just a little pop of yellow in the middle of the daisy.

In the past, I have painted with tons of color.  My understanding is that this is common for beginners.  This little painting was just darling.  Form the flower by painting the negative space around the petals instead of seeing all the different petals.  Suggest them.  Don't define them.  Strangely, today we fixated on comfortable bras.  This probably wouldn't have happened if there had been any men in the class.  LOL.  Such a fun group.
Finished product

My Third Day at Carol Marine's Workshop

The third day we focused on brushstrokes and composition.  Our exercise was the "no fussing" exercise.  It was one of the few paintings that I actually finished.  Every stroke was a different color even if it was slightly different:  altered with white or grayed down.  It's a great exercise for getting your brain out of the habit of "fussing".  The painting should end up looking like a mosaic.  I had actually tried this exercise from one of the Dailypaintworks Challenges and named my blog Mosaic Hippo as a result since it was the first painting on my blog!

Upon Carol's recommendation, a bunch of us visited the Windrush Gallery in Sedona.  What a visual feast!  Afterwards, a few of us returned to the Sedona Arts Center for some after the workshop painting and a glass of wine.

Carol was gracious enough to paint some glass for us and produced this beautiful morsel.

Fork it Over -- SOLD

Yesterday, I went on another "Still Life Item Quest".  Initially, I only intended to visit what was an awesome Flea Market in Santa Monica.  At some point, the Flea Market changed locations, and can now be perused in less than five minutes!  Since that wasn't satisfying, I continued my quest to Out of the Closet thrift store, 99 Cent Store, and CVS looking for items to paint.  I found a vase, a few cups and plates at Out of the Closet, made my way home and painted this.  I'm pretty happy with it even though I fussed too much with the pear.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Time Constraints - Orange Cup

Sorry for the boring title.  I will do better next time.  Time constraints (for instance, a lunch break) when you are painting cause some interesting results.
There is no time to fuss or you won't finish.  Yesterday, I walked down to Goodwill and another thrift store on my lunch hour and bought some colorful dishes.  I ended up with some awful blisters on the bottoms of my feet because I had on bad shoes, but I was NOT going to be a weenie because I had made a poor choice in the shoes I wore.  

Today, I decided to paint the orange cup from my Goodwill purchases.  
Next week, I will stock our work refrigerator with a few fruit and vegetables and grab them when I want to paint them (or eat them).

I'm pretty happy with the looseness of Orange Cup which is a direct result of the time constraint.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Memorial Sand Day

I haven't quite finished this one.  I need to make a few more adjustments and I should be finished.  I like the direction that it is headed though.  

I was so inspired by Carol Marine's beach scene painting that I took some photos of my own and painted one of them.  Initially, there were three little girls in my painting, but one of them was giving me a problem, so I removed her and brought the ocean waves around.  My friend made a funny comment about that.  She said something like "what if life was like that?  If someone is problematic, you simply paint them out of it."  That sounds like it may have been an episode of The Twilight Zone.  

Here are the before and after, but like I said, I haven't finished yet!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Spoon Up

Another lunch time project.  I am still having fun with metal and grays.  The photo was taken by my co-worker with his iPad.  I liked yesterday's fork better, but at least I am painting!  I got a little too fussy with this, still wanted to make some adjustments and I forgot to sign it, but there is only so much time on your lunch hour.  It's the journey that's important, and not the end result!
Spoon Up

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Lunch Fork

I haven't had a chance to sit down with my notes and upload the rest of my photos from Carol Marine's workshop, but I promise I will!  Today, I needed to paint, so on my lunch hour, I played with grays.  Ultramarine Blue, Burnt Umber and white.  This was fun!  I wanted to add something else to the painting:  maybe an orange or lemon.  Maybe next time.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

My Second Day at Carol Marine's Workshop

Yesterday was my  second day at Carol's workshop. She started off with another fabulous demo.  She makes it look so easy!!!  I'm new at the blogging stuff, so I haven't quite figured out how to properly format the posts as I would in Microsoft Word!  So, please forgive the wonky formatting.

The progression of Carol's demo is below:

Next up were value studies using only burnt umber.  We were given a very short period of time in which to do them.  Time really FLIES!!  It is an EXCELLENT exercise as it teaches you to see the values better.
Here are my value studies of an apple and a lime (in case you can't figure out what those blobs of paint really are.

After lunch, we returned to do 10 minute exercises.  There is no lollygagging in Carol's workshop!  We did six 10 minute exercises.  We divided our 6x6 canvases into quarters and had 10 minutes to paint one object.   She said she sees more people progress during this exercise than in any other.  After doing them, I get it.  I definitely felt the progress.  She also makes you clean off your palette after every exercise so that you don't make the same mistakes that you made in the first exercise.

Don't laugh at my paintings.  We only had 10 minutes!
I became really tired of the lime, so I switched to the orange slice and enjoyed it immensely!
I seem to be missing the final photo of my first attempt.  I will take the picture tonight and repost.

Time to shower and had to the 3rd day of her workshop!

Monday, May 14, 2012

My first day at Carol Marine's workshop

Well, as exhausted as I was today, the am thrilled to be in Carol Marine's workshop in Sedona, Arizona. Yesterday was exhausting because I spent Sunday morning packing, flying, driving and unable to sleep well at all because of the excitement of finally attending one of her workshops.  Surprisingly, a lot of the students are from California.  Carol spent most of the morning instructing and then finished off the morning with a fabulous demo. First, I will post my painting:  two green apples and a lemon.  After that, I am posting Carol's beginning, middle and finished versions of her demo.  Gorgeous, of course.



Tuesday, April 17, 2012


I am not in love with this one, but I am posting it anyways.  I wanted to get that gorgeous turquoise red combination, but it didn't work out that way.  I may come back to this one again.  Next time, I think I will use different cups.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Pepper Pusher

It looks as though the bottom apple is heaving the pepper up to the top apple.
It's a tag team effort.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

At Knife Point -- SOLD

A commission for a friend who has black, gray and red in her kitchen.  This was a good exercise in values:  the black espresso cup and saucer, the gray piece of paper, the knife ... I am happy with the result in person, but I can't seem to get a good photograph of it!  Maybe after it dries.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Patch - SOLD

Sometimes the paintbrush, paints and medium seem to have a mind of their own.
Patch is a commission for a friend.  Even if this version isn't the version she wants, I am very happy with this little rabbit.

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Follow the Leader II

What is it about taking a photo of your art that allows you to over scrutinize and pick out flaws in a painting that otherwise did not appear?  I believe that at this point, I have to stop beating myself up about a painting and say "it is good.  Leave well enough alone."  It is supposed to be the journey that matters, isn't it.
This is the final version of Follow the Leader.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Follow the Leader

The colors in this are a lot cleaner than my last post, but my apples look a little too cut-out.  Otherwise, I am pleased with how my apples look (shadows, stem, values).  Also, this was my first time working with a white object.  The pitcher handle and spout needs to be cleaned up a bit, but I wanted to go ahead and post this one.  I also used Robert Burridge's Goof Proof Color Wheel when picking the colors for this painting which can be purchased her.  I definitely feel that I am making progress.

Saturday, March 24, 2012


This is the first painting I've done implementing some of Carol Marine's techniques from her ArtBytes on Daily Paintworks.  I will be taking her class in Sedona in May, but the ArtBytes are a good introduction.  One the one hand, I feel it's a bit overworked, but on the other hand, I feel I am moving in the right direction: representational but loose and free.  It looks like these two apples are having a private conversation when along comes the red vase eavesdropping on their conversation!  I would appreciate any feedback you all are willing to provide!

Friday, March 23, 2012

Pink Tonto

When I was a kid, my grandfather had this big white horse named Tonto.  We were very young, so  my dad used to lead Tonto around while we sat upon his back.  So this is my tribute to Tonto.